THURS.UPDATE: WWE headliner does promo on clothes stolen, New fights, TV show finishing, Lesnar



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        We're looking for reports on today's WWE house show in Cape Town, South Africa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
        The Smackdown crew continues tomorrow  in Durban, and has Saturday and Sunday shows in Johannesburg before returning for TV on Tuesday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.  Raw is Monday in Boston.  The Raw crew arrived home and is off until Monday.
 
        Impact tonight on Spike:
Crimson vs. Bobby Roode in the Bound for Glory series
Jack Evans vs. Ryan Sorenson vs. Tony Nese with the winner getting in the Destination X four-way
Velvet Sky vs. ODB & Jackie
RVD vs. Jerry Lynn vs. Christopher Daniels vs. A.J. Styles
James Storm & Matt Morgan vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero & Devon in the Bound for Glory series
Kurt Angle vs. Gunner & Bully Ray & Abyss & Scott Steiner in a handicap match  
        I was told this is one of the better Impact episodes this year, in particular the three-way with Evans and the four-way with RVD.

        The aftermath of the C.M. Punk promo, where the situation goes next, Punk's best friend talks his situation in depth as well as WWE, and where this is all expected to go is the lead story of the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
       
        This issue also has our 2011 WWE roster directory.  We go through the entire roster with real names, ages, years pro as well as sports and entertainment backgrounds of all the roster members prior to joining WWE.

        The issue also includes coverage of UFC 132, both inside the cage as well as all the business rundowns regarding the show.  We also look at the close decisions, who people thought won the fights and where the bantamweight division goes next.

        We also have more on the death of Randy Savage with the autopsy report.  We also look at the arrest and firing of Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers.

        We also look at John Cena's comments about The Rock in Australia, more on the future of SummerSlam and attempts to turn it into a second WrestleMania.  We have more on the deal involving Brock Lesnar that would involve WWE, UFC approval, and a non-wrestling aspect. 

        We also look at plans for the go-home Raw on Monday night for Money in the Bank, why Extreme Rules did so poorly, a wrestler who was told he was returning was then told plans have changed and he is talking giving up wrestling.  We also look at an active roster wrestler getting a try as an agent, the theft of luggage of Smackdown stars on the trip to South Africa, Batista talks Finlay as well as Bloomberg TV's business report on WWE.  Vince talks future of Tough Enough, HHH talks what his job is, and a look at what was really the most profitable year in WWE history.

        We also look at the lengthy Randy Orton interview, his talk about his overdose, criticism of Rock, apologizing to Kelly Kelly and his concussion history.

        We also look at the unlikely WWE star that Joe Rogan called a freak athlete, what happens to Nexus, an idea being batted around to make Zack Ryder a Raw regular on TV, Claudio Castagnoli talks WWE, Kevin Nash lands role in a major budget movie, more business notes from WrestleMania week, as well as the business notes and highlights from the WWE's tour of Australia. 

        We also have more on MMA judging as well as the early experiments in California using a new system and how it has worked out so far.
 
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        Our lead story talks about the Cena vs. Punk match that took place this week, what was notable about the match, and how this leads to the PPV.  We talk about different ideas regarding the finish and where things go from there.  We also talk about the GLAAD controversy with Punk's remarks to hecklers in Australia, Punk's apology, and what WWE told GLAAD about Punk's future.  We look at how WWE has viewed comments of this type, as well as interesting comments by Punk from the past that show his viewpoint.

        We look at how Money in the Bank did last year, the promos on July 4th by John Cena and Vince McMahon as the next step of the angle, the role Punk could play that WWE needs, his return, as well as tons of comments by Colt Cabana regarding why he was unhappy, and thoughts on the entire WWE at this point. 

        We also look at the aftermath of UFC 132.  We look at the fight, stats on the fight, the judging of the fight, crowd reactions and future bantamweight fights.  We also look at the win by Tito Ortiz and loss by Wanderlei Silva.  We look at the early show, what happened next , as well as the Matt Wiman vs. Dennis Siver judging. 

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        We have an update on Bruno Sammartino after heart valve surgery, with the background of his surgery and his recuperation.

        We also look back at years ago when July 4th was considered a terrible day in the wrestling industry and the tragedies associated with that day.

        We have full details on the police report of what happened with Brett Rogers and his wife and the reaction by Zuffa to it.

        We also have a look at MMA judging, the good, the bad, the acceptable, and the inherent problems.   We cover the new California system, its application thus far in more than 300 fights and what it tells us.
 
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--Two major international superstars headed to CMLL

--Latest from Arena Mexico

--New promotion in Mexico using ex-WWE names

--What happened with Charly Manson being put back in jail

--Promotional jumps

--More on TNA/AAA business relationship

--A nostalgia day with a late 80s main event brought back

--Several wrestlers returning to All Japan and first matches back

--Two of the great mat masters of all-time going at it

--More on the return of Kenta Kobashi

--This year's G-1 Climax tournament participants and rules

--Former WWE star change his look

--Update on current most decorated tag team in the world

--Next New Japan major shows

--Dick Togo's Japanese retirement show

--World champion vs. world champion dual title match has a clean winner

--Zero-One Fire Festival notes

--A look at DDT's biggest show of the year with veteran stars being brought in

--Early 80s legendary feud brought back for more matches this year

--Death of indie wrestler in Florida

--Wrestling marriage break up makes TMZ

--Former wrestling announcer passes away

--A look at the annual WWC aniversario event

--Urban Wrestling Federation PPV note

--How Jacques Rougeau is able to promote some of the biggest indie events in North America

--Update on Scott Hall

--More on the All Wheels Wrestling promotion, what the taping was for, who are the stars and how is behind it

--Update on the January WrestleReunion in Los Angeles with notes on the live events

--High NBA draft choice says he wants to go into WWE after his NBA career

--Carlos Colon in non-wrestling controversy

--Copy of C.M. Punk stunt

--Zach Gowen talks about his life, battling drug problems and recovery, and who from WWE never gets the credit they deserve in these situations

--Reality show stars training to be pro wrestlers

--Billy Gunn, life at 47

--New ROH matches

--What is going on with Ric Flair in TNA

--More on Linda Bollea trying to market her book

--Hogan tries to sell the mansion

--Character in TNA seemingly dropped

--TNA ratings in the U.K. and what is notable about their PPVs in that country

--TNA expands into new country in January

--Notes on TNA television

--Update Bound for Glory series points standing

--Notes on the weekend TNA house shows

--Announcer signs network deal to host a prime time show

--Injury to Strikeforce Grand Prix member may delay next round

--Result of match overturned by commission

--More on the Nate Marquardt situation

--Updates on Cris Cyborg and Chael Sonnen

--Dana White talks Spike using UFC tapes to counter-program UFC

--Next UFC PPV lineup

--UFC in Japan for live event

--Update on Edgar vs. Maynard match

--Fighter expected to be fined for TV rule infraction

--Lots of new fights either talked about or signed

--Notes on the Bellator bantamweight tournament which people are saying is the best tournament the company has done

--Title fight off

--Kimbo Slice returns to the ring in a new venue

--Interesting trivia regarding the biggest boxing PPV events of all-time

--Five-year TV contract signed
      
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--Christian did a promo after his loss to Randy Orton in Cape Town talking about his luggage being broken into.  "I step off a plane, my baggage is broken into, you rip off the locks and you steal my clothes.  Is this what this country is all about?  Then shame on you."
 
--In the cable ratings for last week, USA was No. 1 in prime time with a 2.4 average to 1.8 for TNT and 1.8 for Disney.  Syfy was No 20 at 0.8 and Spike was No. 25 at 0.7.  The two hours of Raw were No. 16 and No. 17 with Sprint Car racing from Daytona on TNT No. 1 at 4.0.  Headline News dominated this past week.  The second hour of Raw was No. 9 in 18-34 and the two hours were No. 2 and No. 5 in 18-49.
 
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--A lot of WWE stars will appear at the San Diego Comic Con.  Rey Mysterio appears on 7/21 at 1 p.m., Kane and Kelly Kelly appear on 7/22 at 11 a.m. and Cody Rhodes and Alicia Fox appear on 7/23 at 11 a.m.  They will all be at the Mattel booth.
 
--J.Z. Cavalcante vs. Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm has been added to the 7/30 Strikeforce show in Chicago.
 
--Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira has been added to the 8/14 UFC on Versus show in Milwaukee.  Oliveira replaces the injured Paul Taylor.
 
--The Canadian wrestling reality show "World of Hurt," taped at Lance Storm's wrestling school in Calgary and on area indie shows featuring those wrestlers, will not have a second season.  Storm said it was due to his work load and schedule according to a post by Arda Ocal of The Fight show.
 
--Storm will likely talk more about that today on his appearance on Figure Four Daily here on the site.
 
--Who would you like to see Brock Lesnar face next?
Roy Nelson 22.4%
Frank Mir 21.4%
Velasquez-Dos Santos winner 20.6%
Velasquez-Dos Santos loser 20.4%
Schaub-Nogueira winner 9.7%
Shane Carwin 5.6%
 
Do you think ROH will grow significantly in the fall?
Minor growth but not significant 61.2%
No growth 26.6%
Major growth 12.2%
 
What do you think of women's MMA?
Should be pushed at the level it is in Strikeforce 24.1%
Should be part of the package 25.3%
Should be pushed more 20.4%
Have no interest in it 30.2%
 
--Sky Sports "Time Of Our Lives" show yesterday ran one with legendary wrestlers Mark "Rollerball" Rocco (the original Black Tiger in Japan), Mick McManus and Banger Walsh, talking about the rise and fall of British wrestling.
 
--The UFC Octagon Nation Tour comes 7/9 and 7/10 to the Bay Area with Gilbert Melendez and Mike Swick signing autographs from Noon to 3 p.m. on 7/9 at the UFC Gym on 1975 Diamond Blvd., in Concord.  On 7/10 they will be in Mountain View at the Mayhem Music Tour at the Shoreline Amphitheater from 1:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
 
--The IWA Mid South message board claims "a group of undisclosed partners (at this time) have purchased IWA Mid-South from Ian Rotten.  They are planning to revamp the company and return it to the previously unprecedented status that it had once obtained.  More details from the new owners will be coming soon."   
 
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--A story on a Ric Flair autograph signing is at http://blog.silive.com/eastshore/
 
--C.M. Punk tweeted about "Mike Rome," apparently thinking it was Jim Rome, saying he wanted to do his show (Rome invited him on, believing the promo was legit and not planned, not sure what Rome would think finding out otherwise).  Mike Rome is an MMA reporter.
 
--WWE is promoted Monday's Raw around the idea that it is C.M. Punk's last appearance in Boston.
 
--An article on the WWE show in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday is at http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/5247614/Wrestlemania-takes-ove r-Auckland
 
--A Q&A with Dolph Ziggler talking about the  Spirit Squad, getting women and wrestling Snooki is at http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/ 
 
 
--The Poughkeepsie Journal ran a story on local fighter Brian McLaughlin, who owns Precision MMA in LaGrange, NY, signing a three-fight deal with Strikeforce, debuting on 7/22 against Sterling Ford in Las Vegas at The Palms Hotel for a Challengers show.  McLaughlin was a cast member of season eight of Ultimate Fighter, but was eliminated due to a broken nose and not being able to continue in the tournament.
 
--Maryland Championship Wrestling has been picked up on Cox Ch. 120 in Fairfax and Fredericksburg, VA for 30 minute shows on Monday and Friday nights.
 
--Just a note because there was a mistake in the press release sent out, but the Viva La Lucha show in San Diego with Konnan & L.A. Park & El Hijo de Rey Misterio vs. Adam Pearce & Sinn Bhodi & American Psycho (who is not Stephan Bonnar under a mask) will be on 7/22 at the Border View YMCA, now 7/21 as listed yesterday.
 
--Raven, Cheerleader Melissa and Shelly Martinez are in a Smashing Pumpkins video at http://new.music.yahoo.com/videos/--221565301
 
--While on Fox & Friends, Kevin James got a video message from Mick Foley at http://video.foxnews.com/v/1040005058001/kevin-james-takes-walk-on-wild-s ide  James and Foley went to high school together.
 
--Traditional Championship Wrestling TV show debuts on 7/9 on Northwest Arkansas MY 5.2 on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and on Suddenlink Ch. 6 in Russellville, Clarksville, AR on Monday at 7 p.m. starting 7/11.  It will also be available at http://www.traditionalchampionshipwrestling.com 
 
--Main Event Wrestling on 7/14 in Marshal, TX at the Civic Center has a diabetes benefit show.
 
--A story on Lanny Poffo, appearing this weekend at the Niagara Comic-con in Niagara Falls is at http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/PrintArticle.aspx?e=3202515  He talks about the death of Randy Savage, doing poetry, the C.M. Punk promo and why he wasn't as banged up as most wrestlers that were his contemporaries.
 
--The documentary "Card Subject To Change" will be released on DVD on 7/12.  Among those in the documentary are Kevin Sullivan, the late Trent Acid, Rhett Titus, Lacey Von Erich, Necro Butcher, Sherri Martel, Sabu, Percy Pringle and Kamala.
 
--Victory Crown Championship Wrestling on Saturday night in Dallas at the South Side Music Hall headlined by Scot Summer vs. Franco D'Angelo.
 
--A TNA house show on 8/27 in Birmingham, Alabama has been canceled.  Refunds are available at the point or purchase (thanks to Devin Cutting)
 
--MPW from Sunday in Toronto: Brent B b Anthony  Fiasco, Brian Youngblood b Ashley Sixx & Marcus Marquez, Jason Cyprus b Alex Vega, Robbie McAllister b Boris Breshnev, Crazzy Steve b Sebastian Suave, Kiyoshi b Michael Elgin, Phil Atlas & Johnny Parisi (Johnny Swinger) b Tyson Dux & Jon Bolen.
 
--Future Stars of Wrestling in Las Vegas is starting "The Next Future Star" contest.  They will offer a Tough Enough style format to anyone 18 and over, looking to be a pro wrestler.  The winner will get free training from their staff of Michael Modest and Sinn Bodhi as well as guest trainers.  It's an eight week contest with footage airing on their TV show that airs in Las Vegas.  Cost is $100 to enter and anyone eliminated who wants to continue training can get that $100 as credit for future training.  For more info e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
--The U.K. MMA promotion BAMMA announced a deal with Content Media Corporation in an attempt to distribute its footage across various platforms in Europe.
 
--Tomorrow night's M-1 Global show that airs on Showtime in the U.S. will air live on Super Channel in Canada, starting at 11 p.m. Eastern time.

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